Jeff Easterling '13 Awarded Critical Language Scholarship from US State Dept.
April 23, 2014
Jeffrey T. Easterling, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical needs languages. Easterling will use the award to travel this summer to Turkey, where he'll spend seven to ten weeks in an intensive Turkish language institute.
Easterling, a political science major and Honor Scholar as an undergraduate, is one of approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the State Department's CLS Program in 2014. Part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, CLS provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Selected finalists for the 2014 CLS Program hail from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and represent more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges.
CLS Program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils for International Education and The Ohio State University / Ohio University.
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